(Posted Fri. May 30th, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association now offers its fourth season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.
Today, Field Notes caught up with April Hemmes, a farmer from just outside of Hampton, Iowa.
“Most of the corn crop around my area has been planted now, and we have gotten a good start on soybeans,” she said. “It looks like my corn weathered the cold snap and heavy rains well. It is up and out of the ground.”
While the crop may have emerged, there are still many tasks to which she must attend to ensure a successful crop.
“Now, I am keeping an eye out to see when I need to start post-spraying,” Hemmes explained. “I did put down pre-emergents before I planted this year in an attempt to fend off weeds before they came up. While this holds the weed pressure down, after the crop comes up we monitor closely to see if any additional weed control is needed to keep that pressure low and make sure we have a better crop.”
To listen to the full interview with Hemmes, click here.
Stay tuned over the coming weeks as Field Notes follows the growers who have opened their farms, families and communities up this year and meet the true faces of modern American agriculture.